Activists Frack Christy Clark's House

RTCSTFRACTION.jpgVANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY - On Sunday morning, activists with Rising Tide-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories set up a 15-foot mock fracking rig on Premier Christy Clark's lawn and announcing that "Because the Premier loves fracking, we figured we would save her the hassle of trying to take over other peoples' homes and bring it right to her!" says Jacquelyn Fraser, an activist with the group.

"We are just so worried about all the water that is being used and polluted in northeastern B.C. for fracking. We are sure Premier Clark is too and we're sure she can share some of her own supply so that she can see the boom in the industry she keeps promoting," says Fraser as 'construction workers' set up the rig behind her. "She may not end up with a lot of fresh water at the end, but at least she has some we could use right now."

The group is referring to the impacts on the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, a process through which water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the ground to fracture rock and release unconventional natural gas.

"With Christy Clark touring North America to promote Liquiefied Natural Gas, fracking and gas extractionis set to take over the province," says Maryam Adrangi, Climate and Energy Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

 

Both Rising Tide and Council of Canadians toured up to northern B.C. to speak with communities impacted by fracking and fracking pipelines, such as the Pacific Trails Pipeline. Numerous families said that shortly after fracking began in the region, they were no longer able to drink their tap water and the water burned their children's skin.

"There are over 23,419 operating fracking wells in the region and another 4,000 which are abandoned. We shouldn't make communities up north face all the burden," said Adrangi jokingly. "In all seriousness, no one should have to face the impacts of fracking which include having all of their freshwater being used by industry and for coporate profit, and then having unidentified, toxic chemicals put back into the water cycle."

The group also noted the serious climate impacts of fracking, as more studies indicate that fracked gas can produce as much emissions as coal.

Christy Clark has been strongly encouraging the province's future in the fossil fuel industry, with a meeting with Alberta Premier Alison Redford on Tuesday to discuss the infamous Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal as she just returned from a North American tour to promote Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
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commented 2013-11-05 01:27:52 -0400 · Flag
I wish all of you who are complaining, would just get involved with clean renewable energy, we3 can’t suddenly stop, cause we don"t have that many clean energy workers, not enough clean energy jobs, there are only three colleges that have clean renewable programs and about two in alberta, I don"t know about the other provinces, but we all have to slow down fossil fuel projects by using MORE clean renewable energy and less dirty energy, I as a person, changed career goals to be part of a solution, a solution by going into a clean renewable program, who are there just sitting there and not being part of a solution?
Hey people on here, I live in NE BC, in a major pro oil and gas town, which I despise a lot, but gotta stay here to do my upgrading so that I can enroll myself in a logical choice in a career, a clean energy program.
commented 2013-11-04 15:02:56 -0400 · Flag
Fracking is a dangerous practice and is destroying our land and water.
commented 2013-11-04 01:03:39 -0400 · Flag
I watched gaslands 1 and 2. 2 had the ability to give more evidence and highlight how the epa is controlled by its own gov and the oil and gas industry.
commented 2013-11-04 00:16:08 -0400 · Flag
Gas land (the documentary, now available on netflix I believe) provides hard facts on the consequences of fracking. Are we really going to destroy British-columbia’s freshwater supply by allowing fracking in our backyards? Do you know how valuable our fresh water is to not only British columbia’s but to the world? This could ruin everything. Water is life! Natural gas is not a necessity!
commented 2013-11-03 17:25:58 -0400 · Flag
please post her address so we can take future demos to her front step.
commented 2013-11-03 17:19:21 -0400 · Flag
Leave Christy Clark alone! I love Christy Clark!